Istanbul court orders suspension of 3rd airport’s construction

 
 
In a surprise decision, an İstanbul administrative court has ordered the suspension of the construction of İstanbul’s third airport, which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says will put the Turkish economy among the strongest economies in the world once completed.

The decision came after an environmental organization filed a lawsuit at the İstanbul 4th Administrative Court asking for the withdrawal of the Council of State’s positive Environmental Impact Analysis (ÇED) report on the planned airport, which played a crucial role in the decision of the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry to hold a tender for the construction of the airport.

The airport is predicted to provide jobs for 100,000 people and to be so large that it will be visible from space upon its completion.

İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş stated in 2012 that the new airport would have a total passenger capacity of 150 million per year.

Currently there are two airports in the city — İstanbul Atatürk Airport, on the European side of the city and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport on the Asian side — both of which are quite large. In 2011 İstanbul Atatürk saw more than 37 million passengers and Sabiha Gökçen over 13 million. However, the two airports are insufficient to meet growing domestic and international passenger demands.

 
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About yavuzbaydar

Yavuz Baydar has been an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today's Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, he writes regular chronicles for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and opinion columns for the Arab Weekly, as well as analysis for Index on Censorship. Baydar blogs with the Huffington Post, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom, history, etc. His opinion articles appeared at the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, and Al Jazeera English online. Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his self-critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories. Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden between 1979-1991; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in early 1990's. Returning to Turkey in 1994, he worked as reporter and ediytor for various outlets in print, as well as hosting debate porogrammes in public and private TV channels. Baydar studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, had his journalism ediucatiob in the University of Stockholm. Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004. Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He won the Umbria Journalism Award in March 2014 and Caravella/Mare Nostrum Prize in 2015; both in Italy. Baydar completed an extensive research on self-censorship, corruption in media, and growing threats over journalism in Turkey as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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